God is endeavouring to challenge you to go for His best in every area of your life. Why settle for anything less than the Maximum?
I’ve been extremely blessed over the last 54 years, but I know that there is more to come, and I intend to be right in the middle of it. I don’t want to miss out on anything God has planned. And I don’t want you to miss it either.
In Mark chapter four, Jesus talked about various levels of fruitfulness in people who hear and receive God’s Word. Mark 4:20 says, the seeds “…bring forth fruit, some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some a hundred.”
Assuming that “a hundred” is the highest level attainable, then why settle for thirtyfold or sixtyfold? Obviously, thirtyfold, and sixtyfold are wonderful, but a hundredfold is even better.
Wouldn’t you agree?
Some Christians are satisfied with the thirtyfold. They get comfortable and stop exercising their faith. But that’s not me and that’s not you. We’re going for everything that God has for us.
Keep stretching your faith. You haven’t seen all the good things God has planned for you. God has better days ahead. It never ends with God, it just gets better and better. So even if these are good days for you, God has even better days in store for you.
The Apostle Paul said in Philippians 1:6, “Being confident of this very thing that He which has begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.”
God is not finished with you yet, He’s just getting started.
When I look back on my life, where I was 54 years ago and where I am today, I can attribute every success to God. It’s not because Jerry was so good. Not because Jerry was so smart. It’s because of God’s goodness and favor.
The success I’ve enjoyed all these years is because of God in my life. It’s because I’ve looked to Him. It’s because I’ve trusted Him. I’ve endeavored to put His word first place in my life.
Philippians 1:6 in THE MESSAGE paraphrase says, “…The God who started this great work in you will keep at it and bring it to a flourishing finish…”
Flourishing means “to the point of thriving and increasing in every way.” That sounds like the maximum and highest level attainable to me.
You’re heading to a flourishing finish. The best is yet to come…you’re heading to thriving and increasing in every way.
The Apostle Paul revealed God’s intention for you declaring, “God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work” (2 Corinthians 9:8 NIV).
Obviously, the devil will do everything in his power to stop you from flourishing, but God will be by your side and cause every good plan to succeed.
If you have felt “hemmed in” by your troubles or if you have felt “confined and limited” by your circumstances, then determine in your heart right now that you will neither give in nor give up. If you’ll continue to stay in faith, then God is going to bring you into a place of victory!
Even though it may look like the devil is winning, the Bible says that he will not prevail (James 4:7). So just stay in faith no matter what’s going on around you. Keep your eyes on God. Keep your eyes on His Word. Don’t give up. Don’t turn back.
One of the most important lessons you’ll ever learn is to watch your mouth during times of trouble. Yes, watch your mouth. Your words can make you, and your words can break you. Your words carry victory, or they carry failure. Your words carry success, or they carry defeat.
Learn the vocabulary of silence. If you don’t have anything good to say, don’t say anything at all.
When you stay in faith, no matter what is going on in this world, God is working behind the scenes to bring you a breakthrough victory.
Do you remember what David said after God delivered him out of the hands of Saul? Saul was trying to kill him. David was hiding in a cave, and he was living a harsh life in the wilderness. And here’s what David said about how God delivered him, “He brought me forth also into a large place; He delivered me, because He delighted in me” (Psalm 18:19).
Some commentaries refer to this large place as a place of freedom, a place of comfort, and a place of plenty. He went from a place of confinement to a place of no restraints.
How would you like to go from a place of confinement to no restraints?
freedom, a place of comfort, and a place of plenty. You’re headed for the maximum, the highest level attainable.
So why settle for anything less? Go after everything God has for you.
I want to see you experience more of God’s favor and goodness. That’s why I’m teaching you the principles that God has shown me in His word. I know that since they’ve worked in my life, they will work in yours. God is not a respecter of persons. God did it for me, He’ll do it for you.
I’m here to help you get to that large place, that flourishing finish. It’s an adventure of faith and I’m walking this journey with you. Let’s get there together!
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Don’t let anyone or anything talk you out of believing for the maximum, highest level attainable. Go after everything God has for you!
P.S. God is fighting for you. The Psalmist declared, “Some find their strength in their weapons and wisdom, but my miracle-deliverance can never be won by men. Our boast is in Yahweh our God, who makes us strong and gives us victory!” (Psalm 20:7 TPT). Stay in faith, your victory is on the way in the Year of the Maximum. I’m praying for you and hope to hear from you soon.